Cody McCone joined O’Dwyer & Bernstien in April of 1987. He has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for his clients, many of whom have been injured in construction site accidents in the New York area, including the Freedom Tower and Building #3, #4 and #7 at the World Trade Center. He represents O’Dwyer & Bernstien’s clients not only in the courts, but also before numerous administrative agencies. He is the President of the Brooklyn Manhattan Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Second Department Judicial Screening Panel.
Mr. McCone brings his broad experience in all phases of Personal Injury and Construction Accident Law to every case he handles for the firm. To cite just one example: A recent client was an undocumented worker who was injured on the job while working for an unlicensed and uninsured plumbing contractor in New York. Though the client faced what on the surface were extremely difficult legal circumstances, Mr. McCone secured a $2.5 million settlement for the client and his family. Mr. McCone also won at trial a sum of $3.1 million for a local 157 Carpenter who fell from a broken scaffold.
Among his accolades and honors, Mr. McCone is a recipient of the Irish-American Attorney of the Year Award presented by the District Attorney of Kings County in New York. He serves as a judge at the New York Law School Annual Charles W. Froessel Moot Court Competition. He has lectured at Notre Dame Law School, the School of Law at Rutgers University, and at the Kings Inn and Mansion House in Dublin, Ireland, where he was a guest co-speaker with Justice Susan Denham of the Supreme Court of Ireland and the Right Honorable Michael Mulcahy, Lord Mayor of Dublin. Mr. McCone has served on the Judicial Screening Panel for Kings County, he is a member of the Board for the Sisters of Mercy, Inner City Handball Association, the Marriage and Relationships Institute, and Emerald Isle Immigration Center.
Mr. McCone’s humanitarian approach to the law is evident in his affiliations. He has been an active supporter and defender of Irish human rights causes in the United States. A former candidate for the City Council of New York, he is a Past President of the Brehon Law Society, an Irish-American Bar Association of attorneys whose objective is to achieve peace and unity in Northern Ireland through the legal process. He also served as Acting President of Division Five, the Paul O’Dwyer Division, of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Kings County. Mr. McCone was the Brooklyn Irishman of the year, and Brooklyn Shamrock Football Club, Guest of Honor. He resides in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with his wife Rhea and their daughters, Ciara and Kaelegh.
Areas of Practice
- Personal Injury
- Construction Accidents
- Employment/labor law
- New York, 1984
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- John Marshall Law School
- Juris Doctor
- Loyola University
- B.A., in Rhetoric